Tulsa, Akla. – Scotty Scheffler got the right to go to the first tee in the Southern Hills and inflate the chest, which was an unintentional but unmistakable consequence of the victory in the Masters, tearing off three more victories and rising to number 1 in the world.
Except, well, um …
“I love Scotty so much that he’s just a good dude,” said his childhood friend and rival Will Zalataris, “and it tastes like vinegar coming out of my mouth when you consider how much we played golf.”
You know, Scheffler not only plays, but if he inflates his chest, he probably suffocates. Despite all his success, he was able to do the usual thing during Tuesday’s workout, which tends to get a lot easier when most fans looking off the ropes still don’t recognize his easy gait and charming smile.
“The tiger is here,” Scheffler said jokingly, “so no one really remembers that I’m here, so it’s all right.”
This is the quintessence of Scotty: instead of arrogance, he offers a great measure of modesty.
After spending most of the last two years fighting week after week, the 25-year-old broke into Phoenix in February and never slowed down. A few weeks later Scheffler won at Bay Hill, defeated Kevin Kisner in the final of the match, and then defeated the nerves to triumph in August – despite a 4th strike on the 72nd hole.
No more passionate player in the world going to this week’s PGA Championship.
There is also no better player in the rankings.
“He won August, number one in the world – you have such dedication when you go to the landfill. I know that, ”said two-time PGA champion Brooks Kopka, who also won two US Opens and spent 47 weeks in first place.
“I’m sure everyone else who was № 1, you have a little bit of extra racks, whatever happens there,” Kapka said, “but you have something, and I think it’s noticeable. ”
To anyone but Scheffler, perhaps.
Perhaps it’s because, despite being born in New Jersey, Scheffler is definitely good in the Midwest and it’s just playing well in Oklahoma. Or because all this success came so quickly – Scheffler could be the first person since Tom Watson in 1980 to win five times by the end of May if he lifted the Vanamaker trophy on Sunday.
“Living in the moment is usually what suits me best,” he said. “I don’t want to go too high or go too low. So if you guys build me up, then you know I can’t prepare so hard because I’m like, ‘I’m a guy, I’m’ I’m a man. ‘ and no one can touch me. ”It doesn’t work for me. And if I show up too low, you guys will say,“ Oh, Scotty doesn’t have that. It’s not good anymore, ”then I show up and maybe I’m going to prepare too hard.
“For me,” Scheffler said, “it’s best to stay in your lane and go about your business.”
So far this has worked well.
Scheffler could join Woods, Vijay Singh and Nick Price as the only players to have won five times in 10 tournaments or less. He could join Sam AIDS, Jackie Burke Jr. and Jack Nicklaus as the only ones to win the Masters and PGA in the same calendar year. And he could join Woods and Jordan Spit as the only players after Nicklaus in 1972 to extend his green jacket from Augusta, who now hangs in his closet at home, winning the next major championship.
All of these players are in the World Golf Hall of Fame, with the exception of Spit, who was once destined to do so. And it’s a pretty heady campaign, whether the down-to-earth Scheffler wants to admit it or not.
Most likely not.
“When I show up for the tournament, things are a little different,” Scheffler said. “More and more people are yelling at me when I’m playing in training, wanting to get signatures or whatever. You know, at home I was recognized several times more than before. But I stay in my little bubble, and for me little has changed when I’m home. Little has changed in the way I practice. When I appear in a tournament, I don’t feel different. “
However, many others view it differently. Scheffler suddenly became the winner of the PGA, and along with John Ram, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, the favorite to join the exclusive list of players who have won several majors.
“I want to win this tournament as hard as any other,” Scheffler said. “For me, not much changes, be it PGA, Masters, British Open, whatever it is. I am a very competitive person. I want to win. For me, victory is a pleasure. “
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